French Advent Calendar

Bonjour a tous, To access your French Advent Calendar from the Modern Language School, with lots of items for all, please click here.

Monday afternoon in French

There is often a lot of banter in the Monday afternoon French class in Meltham Mills. Although learning a foreign language is not always a piece of cake, it has its many delicious moments. This Monday morning at the Modern Language School, Brian, Chris, Gary, Julie, Louise, Steven and Sue (Janet was away in France, […]

ou OR où

Ou and où are 2 French words which are pronounced exactly the same but where the little “accent grave” make a huge difference. Ou, sans accent, veut dire “or” mais où, avec accent veut dire where. My cat Eyera has kindly agreed to demonstrate for us: Elle hésite: Plus près de la fenêtre, au soleil, […]

Where an “s” at the end won’t be enough

French Language Plural The French section of the Modern Language School reminds you: Just as in English the plural of mouse is mice, in French the plural of journal is journaux. I will give one of my amazing prizes to each of  the 2 students who post on our Facebook page the nicest (unusual, imaginative, shocking, […]

Saying “my darling” in French

In today’s French class at the Modern Language School, we were studying possessive adjectives (they sound dangerous, but they don’t bite). It’s the grammar name for words like my, your, his, her, our, their. With these, though it does not come naturally to English speakers, the word for my, etc. agrees (gender and number) with the […]

Buying clothes and shoes in French

Today in the French elementary course, we did a lot of practising on clothes and accessories description and buying, including a very silly catwalk… I believe the vocabulary for clothes is the one that includes the most “faux amis” (false friends, words that look like their English equivalents but mean something else). / For example, […]

French to take away

The French Wednesday evening class at the Modern Language School are currently getting their heads round the verb to take, which is no mean feat. You might know that French can sometimes be a contrary language, so while the English eat their dinner, we French take it (nous prenons le déjeuner). We hardly drink either, […]

Today’s French Intermediate Class

There should be a health warning on the lid of the Wednesday evening French intermediate class at the Modern Language School. Something like “Beware! This class is dynamite!” It’s not just because people are lively and questioning, nor because they enjoy finding out more and more about French; it’s because they will not hesitate to […]

French conversation (1)

Here are some of the words / phrases people found useful at the French monthly conversation class on Saturday at the Modern Language School: une arnaque( a swindle), être sage comme une image (to be good as gold), la gamelle (the lunch box), les autochtones (the natives), un coup de soleil (sunburn), faire du stop (to […]